A sandy beach, hot sun, a cooling drink: there’s only one thing missing from this perfect picture and that’s a great summer read.
Holidays are all about getting away and you only have to throw in a good book to really escape the unpredictable British seasons and day-to-day grind.
Moonlight and Music
There are destinations that are made for romance and why not buy the perfect books to complement your trip. If you’re planning to laze around in hot temperatures on golden beaches during holidays to Majorca or Greece, before going out for a cosy meal for two in the evening, Catherine Alliott’s Rural Affair is sure to get your pulse racing. The plot sees widower, Poppy, exploring her local community and learning secrets about new and past loves.
Enjoy the Drama
The Canary Islands have a volcanic landscape, black sand beaches and a lively nightlife, though you can also find peace and relaxation. For a dramatic story to match all that’s on offer visually on Tenerife, then dip into The Orphan Master by Jean Zimmerman. The novel is set in the 1600s and follows the life and loves of a woman going undercover to locate snatched children.
Exotic all-inclusive cheap holidays to islands like Cuba can take your breath away with its beautiful beaches, which can come alive to the sound of Cuban beats as the stars begin to shine. If you’re inspired by all these natural wonders, you’d likely enjoy Professor Brian Cox’s Wonders of the Universe, which takes a creative look at space and the starry sky.
Majorca has its fair share of celebrities taking time out to relax in the sun and explore its secluded coves. Portofino in Italy is a favourite for Kylie Minogue, while Kate Moss has been spotted in St Tropez with a host of other “A” listers. To get to know celebrities more on your package holidays, throw a biography into your bag. Sweet Revenge: The Ultimate Life of Simon Cowell, by Tom Bower promises to be an eye-opening read.
Into the Past
Parts of Italy, Greece and Turkey are like open-air museums, which hint of past struggles, events and cultural practices, from the coliseum to Turkish baths. When holidaying in locations like these, you might find Victoria Hislop’s, The Thread, a good read. Set in the modern day, a young man of Greek descent looks into his family’s past to find a story of triumph amid Greece and Turkey’s political changes in the 20th Century.